Jeff Simpson is a writer based in Brooklyn. He was born and raised in southwest Oklahoma and received his MFA in poetry from Oklahoma State University. He is the author of Vertical Hold (Steel Toe Books, 2011), which was a finalist for The National Poetry Series and Drake University’s Emerging Writer Award. He has published poems in numerous literary journals and has written for several magazines, including Oklahoma Living, Martin Guitar, and Edible East End. In 2010, he founded the online arts and literature magazine The Fiddleback and served as editor-in-chief for its entire run (2010-2013). He has taught writing at several colleges and universities and has worked for the literary nonprofits Poets & Writers Magazine and the Academy of American Poets. He’s now a freelance writer and is currently working on several books he may never finish.